Induction & enhancement of labor
10 IU by IV drip infusion added to 1 L physiologic saline electrolyte soln. Initial infusion rate: 1-4 mU/min (2-8 drops/min), gradually increase to <20 min intervals until a contraction pattern similar to that of normal labor is established. Max rate: 20 mU/min (40 drips/min). Caesarean section
5 IU by slow IV inj immediately after delivery. Prevention of post-partum uterine hemorrhage
5 IU infusion followed in severe cases by IV infusion of 5-20 IU of oxytocin in 500 mL of non-hydrating diluent. Missed abortion
5 IU by IM or slow IV followed, if necessary, by IV infusion 20-40 mU/min.